Russia killed Photojournalist Maks Levin after being tortured

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The Russian military deliberately executed Ukrainian photojournalist Maks Levin and his friend, Oleksiy Chernyshov, near Kyiv. That’s according to an investigation conducted the Reporters Without Borders human rights organization.

Russia killed Photojournalist Maks Levin after being tortured - The Freedom News

Reporters Without Borders is releasing a report with information and evidence. Levin Maks and his friend and bodyguard were executed by Russian soldiers. They were killed in the forest near Kyiv on 13 March possibly after being interrogated and even tortured, the statement said.

According to the findings of two investigators who visited Ukraine between May 24 and June 3 to investigate the photojournalist’s death, Levin and Chernyshov were executed in cold blood.

According to the report, RSF found several bullets at the scene. Along with the identity papers of Chernyshov, the soldier who was with Levin, and identified 14 bullet impacts in his car. Several items with possible DNA traces attesting to the presence of Russian soldiers were found. The spot where Levin and Chernyshov were killed were also identified by RSF and some of them were taken.

The Russian military deliberately executed Ukrainian photojournalist Maks Levin and his friend

Levin covered the war during the first five days of the invasion of Ukraine. He published photo reports from at least seven locations in different parts of the country. Mostly from Kharkiv to Vasylkiv and several settlements outside Irpin and Zhytomyr.

Contact with Levin was lost when he left for Vyshgorod district, Kyiv region, to document the Russian aggression.

On April 1, after a lengthy search, police found the body of the photojournalist with gunshot wounds.

On April 3, Levin was posthumously awarded the Order for his personal courage during the coverage of Russian aggression.

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